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Ben Lowell “Bennie” Coleman, age 85, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away December 28, 2018. He was born April 3, 1933, to Ben and Zoe (Carriker) Coleman in St. Clair County near the Riverview community.
Bennie worked on the farm until he got his first job at the International Shoe Factory. After working there for many years, he was employed by Hiland Dairy, retiring after over twenty years.
Among the things Bennie enjoyed doing were hunting, fishing, playing golf, coyote hunting and spending time with his grandson, Blake Coleman.
Bennie married Nadine Snodgrass on September 21, 1953, and to this union two sons were born: Jerry Coleman and Dave Coleman. Later Bennie married Yvonne Roby and they had a son, Michael Coleman. He also became a step-father to Linda.
Preceding him in death were: his parents; his wife, Yvonne; an infant sister; two brothers, Paul and Dean; and one sister, Doris.
Survivors include three children: Gerald Ray “Jerry” Coleman; David Lee Coleman and wife, Vicki, and her children and their families; and Michael Coleman and Robin Smith; one grandson, Blake; one brother, James Coleman and wife, Joyce; one sister, Donnis Sawyer and husband, Junior; and many nieces and nephews.
Bennie had many friends, didn’t know a stranger, and will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services for Bennie Coleman were held on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Chapel with Rev. James Coleman officiating. Burial followed in Love Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.